Synopses & Reviews
St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City
shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.
"A huge and masterly drama...gripping and surreal and overwhelmingly convincing." Laura Shapiro, Newsweek
"An All-American hybrid that is nothing less than brilliant." Dan Cryer, Newsday
A riveting work of suspense, an eerie fable of political life, a love story - this first novel by Jonathan Franzen, published to wide acclaim in 1988, is a sweeping and imaginative look at America in the twentieth century.